Bug 1035483 - synclient can't set SoftButtonAreas
Summary: synclient can't set SoftButtonAreas
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xorg-x11-drv-synaptics
Version: 20
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Peter Hutterer
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2013-11-27 21:32 UTC by Havoc Pennington
Modified: 2014-02-28 19:17 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2013-12-03 04:10:25 UTC
Type: Bug

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Description Havoc Pennington 2013-11-27 21:32:23 UTC
Description of problem:

$ synclient SoftButtonAreas="55% 0 0 0 35% 55% 0 0"
Unknown parameter SoftButtonAreas

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


Expected results:

This setting can be set in xorg conf but not via synclient.
Unfortunately it's a setting that would be very useful to set without restarting the X server, since it requires some experimentation to get right.

Comment 1 Peter Hutterer 2013-12-03 04:10:25 UTC
The synclient options are named differently because of limitations in the synclient implementation.

$> synclient -l | grep ButtonArea
    RightButtonAreaLeft     = 3472
    RightButtonAreaRight    = 0
    RightButtonAreaTop      = 3900
    RightButtonAreaBottom   = 0
    MiddleButtonAreaLeft    = 0
    MiddleButtonAreaRight   = 0
    MiddleButtonAreaTop     = 0
    MiddleButtonAreaBottom  = 0

These options should work fine, let me know if they don't.

Comment 2 Havoc Pennington 2013-12-03 14:13:27 UTC
Thanks, though I think a man page note (or maybe even better, an error message about these from synclient itself) would be nice.

Comment 3 Andre Dietisheim 2014-01-22 22:12:52 UTC
This seems not to work in FC20 any more (using Lenovo T530 here):

I: Bus=0011 Vendor=0002 Product=000a Version=0000
N: Name="TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint"
P: Phys=synaptics-pt/serio0/input0
S: Sysfs=/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/serio2/input/input6
U: Uniq=
H: Handlers=mouse1 event15 
B: EV=7
B: KEY=70000 0 0 0 0
B: REL=3

 ~]$ synclient RightButtonAreaLeft=3472
Property for 'RightButtonAreaLeft' not available. Skipping.

Comment 4 Peter Hutterer 2014-01-23 02:35:24 UTC
judging by the images of the T530 I found, the touchpad has physical buttons. the driver only exposes software buttons for clickpads, i.e. touchpads without physical buttons.

fwiw, the TrackPoint is the red round thing between g and h, the synaptics device is on a different event device.

Comment 5 Andre Dietisheim 2014-01-23 08:29:57 UTC
ok gotcha, thanks for the informations. 
So the issues with the t530 touchpad configuration in FC20 must have a different cause.

Comment 6 Peter Hutterer 2014-01-23 21:51:43 UTC
Andre, please file a separate bug for that then and assign it to me

Comment 7 Andre Dietisheim 2014-01-24 20:56:37 UTC
Thanks Peter!
I created https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1057786

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